Rotary Action Group Taps Drug Free Australia to Represent Oceania on a Global Stage

Seaford, Australia–(ACN Newswire – December 23, 2023) – Drug Free Australia has been selected by the Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention (RAG AP) to represent the Oceania region. This move underscores its significant contributions to drug education and community outreach.

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As a leader in drug prevention, Drug Free Australia will collaborate with international organizations to address pressing drug-related challenges in Oceania. This pivotal role acknowledges its successful strategies and extensive community engagement efforts across Australia.

Josephine Baxter, Executive Officer at Drug Free Australia, remarked, “This opportunity allows us to extend our reach and share our expertise on a larger platform. Our representation of Oceania in this global initiative highlights the critical nature of our mission and the considerable impact of our work.”

Recent data indicate that Australia grapples with significant drug use challenges, particularly among the youth. Drug Free Australia’s approach, pivotal in mitigating these issues, centers around educational programs and robust community outreach.

Baxter added, “Our approach, grounded in evidence-based research, has gained international recognition. We are eager to apply this knowledge throughout the Oceania region in partnership with RAG AP.”

This collaboration between Drug Free Australia and RAG AP is poised to address drug use concerns in Oceania significantly. It aims to scale up the effectiveness of drug prevention initiatives by uniting the expertise and resources of both organizations. The partnership will develop comprehensive strategies encompassing educational programs, policy advocacy, and community involvement, creating a sustainable impact on drug prevention and health promotion.

In Australia, this alliance represents a forward-thinking move to reinforce the nation’s health care and drug prevention strategies. It will enable the exchange of best practices and innovative methods in drug education, aligning with Australia’s health objectives.

Additionally, this collaboration presents Australia an opportunity to lead in the Oceania region by demonstrating effective, community-based drug prevention models. It also lays the groundwork for enhanced support from government and non-governmental entities, fostering a cooperative environment crucial for successfully combating drug-related issues.

Furthermore, Drug Free Australia will leverage its resources and networks to bolster drug prevention efforts across Oceania. The initiative aims to increase awareness and implement effective strategies at local and regional levels. One significant initiative in 2024 will be to identify and support young people as “youth influencers” who will be trained to develop their approaches to drug use prevention and early intervention.

For participation and more information, individuals and organizations can visit Drug Free Australia’s website at or engage directly with their community programs.

About Drug Free Australia:

Drug Free Australia is a health charity promoting drug-free lifestyles through education and community engagement. Renowned for volunteer-driven initiatives, the organization raises awareness and provides resources to combat drug use in Australia.

Contact Information:

Contact Person’s Name: Josephine Baxter
Company/Organization Name: Drug Free Australia
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Phone Number: (+61) 0403 334 002

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Japan – Mazda Rotary Engine Vehicle Total Production Volume Surpasses Two Million Units

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that total production volume of rotary engine vehicles has surpassed two million units.*

The rotary engine is an engine with a unique structure that uses rotational movement of triangular rotors to generate power. The first vehicle Mazda equipped with a rotary engine was the Mazda Cosmo Sport (Mazda 110S), introduced in 1967. From there, Mazda continued to refine the performance of their rotary engines, making improvements to output, fuel economy, and durability, and maintaining their position as the only automaker mass-producing rotary engines for many years. In June this year, Mazda resumed production of rotary engine vehicles for the first time in eleven years after having ended production of the Mazda RX-8 in 2012 and is set to begin sales of their twelfth rotary engine vehicle, the Mazda MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV, in the coming days.

Takeshi Mukai, Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer at Mazda, made the following statement in response to reaching two million total production units.

“The rotary engine is a special part of Mazda history and represents our ‘never-stop challenging spirit.’ The rotary engine is much loved by customers around the world, and we are excited to resume production and see it make a comeback. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us on this journey—in particular, the many customers who have purchased rotary engine vehicles, our rotary engine fans, and all our business partners who were involved in development and production. Moving forward, we will continue to pass on this ‘never-stop challenging spirit,’ offering attractive vehicles that provide our customers with an exciting driving experience even in the age of electrification.”

Mazda will continue to pursue the ‘Joy of Driving’ under its core value, ‘Human Centric,’ and aim to deliver ‘Joy of Living’ by creating moving experiences in customers’ daily lives.

Mazda Rotary Engine Timeline

July 1961 Technical tie-up with NSU and Wankel
May 1967 Completion of the rotary engine announced and Mazda Cosmo Sport(Mazda 110S) launches
July 1968 Mazda Familia Rotary coupe (Mazda R100 coupe) launches
October 1969 Mazda Luce Rotary coupe (Mazda R130 coupe) launches
May 1970 Mazda Capella Rotary series (Mazda RX-2) launches
September 1971 Mazda Savanna (Mazda RX-3) launches
November 1972 2nd Generation Mazda Luce Rotary series (Mazda RX-4) launches
June 1973 Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 500,000
February 1974 2nd Generation Mazda Capella (Mazda RX-2) launches
April 1974 Mazda Rotary Pickup (REPU) launches in North America
July 1974 Mazda Parkway Rotary 26 launches
April 1975 Mazda Roadpacer AP launches
October 1975 2nd Generation Mazda Cosmo AP (Mazda RX-5) launches
October 1977 3rd Generation Mazda Luce (Mazda 929L) launches
March 1978 1st Generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 (Mazda RX-7) launches
November 1978 Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 1 million
November 1981 3rd Generation Mazda Cosmo and 4th Generation Luce Rotary series(Mazda 929) launch
October 1985 2nd Generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 (Mazda RX-7) launches
April 1986 Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 1.5 million
September 1986 5th Generation Mazda Luce (Mazda 929) launches
April 1990 4th Generation Mazda Cosmo (Eunos Cosmo) launches, equipped with a three-rotor rotary engine
June 1991 Mazda 787B wins the 59th 24 Hours of Le Mans
December 1991 3rd Generation Mazda RX-7 (ɛ̃fini RX-7) launches
April 2002 The last Mazda RX-7 limited edition model, Spirit R Series, launches
April 2003 Mazda RX-8 launches
November 2011 The last Mazda RX-8 special edition vehicle, Spirit R, launches
June 2012 Production of the Mazda RX-8 ends
June 2023 Production of the Mazda MX-30 e-SKYACTIV R-EV starts
October 2023 Total rotary engine vehicle production volume reaches 2 million

*Total production volume is based on in-house calculations.

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Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Presents Eight Annual Black-Tie Boca Raton Mayors Ball

Boca Raton Airport Authority, Faulk Center, Marta Batmasian, Boca Raton Regional Hospital to be Honored; Event Proceeds to Fund Health and Wellness Needs of Boca Raton Nonprofits

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BOCA RATON, Fla.July 30, 2023PRLog — In its grand tradition, The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton (RCDBR) will present its eighth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball on Saturday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Boca West Country Club.  Each year the black-tie gala draws generations of Boca Raton’s Who’s Who dignitaries, business and community leaders to a lavish and celebrated evening that pays homage to the City’s historic iconic milestones and honors all those, past and present, who have helped make Boca Raton the best place to live, work, learn, visit, heal and raise a family. Event proceeds fund the Club’s “Service Above Self” grant program that supports the health and wellness needs of Boca Raton nonprofits.

Attendees will once again dance the night away to the Steve Chase Band, honor George Long Award recipients, and raise funds through a high-energy live auction and an extensive silent auction.  In a special tribute to Boca’s pioneering agricultural heritage of the Yamato Colony, a decadent epicurean farm-to-table menu has been planned by the creative culinary collaboration of Boca West Country Club Executive Chef Paul Griffin and Michelin Star Chef Fabio Trabocchi, whose Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants group will be debuting Fiolina Pasta House Boca Raton this fall.

Centerstage will be the RCDBR’s annual spotlight on exemplary Boca Raton stakeholders and their achievements and contributions, as the Club recognizes their exceptional generosity of time, treasure, and talent, and valued community efforts that elevate the City’s positioning and uplift its community at large.  The 2023 Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton’s George Long Awards, named for the City’s first mayor, will be presented to:

  • Boca Raton Airport Authority (business category)
  • The Faulk Center for Counseling (nonprofit category)
  • Marta Batmasian (individual category)

In addition to the George Long Awards, the Club’s Dr. Ira Gelb Health & Wellness Visionary Award will be presented to Boca Raton Regional Hospital/Baptist Health South.

Since the inaugural event in 2015, Mayors Ball proceeds have fulfilled more than $495,000 in health and wellness grant requests for dozens of Boca’s nonprofits. Distributed each year through a formal RCDBR “Service Above Self” grant application process, last year’s 2022 Mayors Ball proceeds fulfilled grant requests submitted by 24+ area nonprofits, as well as a percentage was donated to Rotary International’s fund for polio eradication.

“Everyone involved in and attending previous Mayors Balls should feel immensely proud of both our City and the contributions they make by supporting this gala event each year,” said 2023 Mayors Ball Co-Chair Jon A. Kaye “While we have been fortunate to have generous proceeds to address many needs thus far, new challenges continue to arise. Thus, with much excitement, we look forward to another sold-out event, and expect the dance floor to be filled with lots of smiles throughout the ballroom as we celebrate all that is Boca!”

The 2023 Mayors Ball co-chairs are Bonnie S. Kaye and Jon A. Kaye, RCDBR charter member and past president 2015-2016, and honorary co-chairs are Jessie and Alex Price, who accepted the 2021 George Long Award on behalf of Office Depot.

Mayors Ball tickets at $450 per person will go on sale Friday, September 1 at For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities and premier table reservations, visit or contact Jon Kaye at 561-392-5166, ext.2; or email

Cambridge Rotary Club’s International Women’s Day Event 2023

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.April 1, 2023PRLog — The Rotary Club of Cambridge address Empowering Girls initiative host the International Women’s Day event at the Foundry, Cambridge this year.

This year’s International Women’s day theme is “Digitall Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality” program, hosted by Cambridge Rotary and held at The Foundry, included buffet refreshment, as well as special remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sarah MacDonald, the President, Life Science Cares, Kelley Borer-Miller, Director of Development, Science Club for Girls, Dr. Ehsan Hoque, founder and Executive Director of Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI).

In welcoming the guests, Natasha Finnerty, Cambridge Rotary member, offered a warm welcome to bring together Rotarian, Boston Rotaract and Boston Interacts clubs together with our guest, friends and family to celebrate this day to honor the women and girls of the world at this International Women’s day event.

Yolanda Li, Cambridge Rotary President commented, “Rotary is an international club of more than 1.4 million members who belong to more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in 160 countries, making it the largest global charity organization. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to address sustainable projects. The Rotary Club of Cambridge has been serving the Cambridge community for 101 years!”.

Rotary members throughout the world take action to make communities better. They contribute their time, energy, and passion to carry out meaningful and sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, help mothers and children, support education, grow local economies and protect the environment.

Rotary members from Cambridge have long supported the community through a range of service projects. We have also partnered with Science Clubs for Girls this year for the service project in May this year.

The highlight of the afternoon was the awarding of four outstanding women leaders in Boston who had been nominated as best exemplifying the “Empowered girls and empowered women in Innovation and Technology area” guiding principle of Rotary.

The awards presentation was emceed by York Lo, Cambridge President Elect, who introduced each of the four awardees.  “The initiative for Rotary Clubs is ‘Empowered Girls’,” said Lo, “and the four winners of today’s Rotary Women leadership award have won based on the work they have contributed to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to the local community.

Rotary presents its Annual Women Leadership Awards to the following women leaders for their contributions in Innovation and Technology:

  • Dr. Daniela Rus-Director of the Computer Science and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Julie Kim- President, U.S. Business Unit, Takeda
  • Maya Nasr-PhD Candidate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Yu-Shan Lin-Associate Professor, Tufts University and Founder, Speed Cycles

In her closing remarks, President Yolanda Li urged the assembled audience to consider joining a Rotary Club in the future, for opportunities to use their stellar leadership skills in helping others. “We can’t wait to see how you empowered girls here today, you are, indeed, our empowered leaders of tomorrow!”

About Rotary

Rotary ( brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.4 million members of more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit (

About Rotary Club of Cambridge

Rotary Club of Cambridge has been serving the Cambridge Community since 1922. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet bi-weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Yolanda Li


Cambridge Rotary Club’s National Honor Society “Leaders of Today & Tomorrow” Scholarships Event

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.March 19, 2023PRLogThe Rotary Club of Cambridge partnered with Harvard University and City of Cambridge leaders in honoring local National Honor Society students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Community Charter School of Cambridge and Prospect Hill Academy.

This year’s annual “Leaders of Today & Tomorrow” program, hosted by Cambridge Rotary and held at Harvard University’s Smith Center, included a buffet breakfast, as well as special remarks by Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and Cambridge Police Commissioner, Christine Elow. Honorable guests included Cambridge City Manager, Yi Ah Huang, Massachusetts State Representative Steven Owens, Cambridge Fire Department Captain, David House, Cambridge Public Library Finance and Operations Manager, Idalia Cuevas and Cambridge Recycling Director, Michael Orr.

In welcoming the assembled students, Yolanda Li, Cambridge Rotary President, offered a warm welcome and congratulations for their scholastic achievements and community service.  Li commented, “Rotary is an international club of more than 1.4 million members who belong to more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in 160 countries, making it the largest global charity organization. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to address sustainable projects. The Rotary Club of Cambridge has been serving the Cambridge community for 101 years!”

Li went on to remark, “Our motto, ‘Service above Self,’ is reflected in our service projects. Rotarians work together to address seven areas of focus: promoting peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, providing clean water and sanitation, maternal and child health, education and literacy, growing local economies and protecting the environment.”

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui then addressed the students, “we celebrate you, as members of the National Honor Society at your respective schools, on your achievements and for your dedication and service to local public service organizations, an indication that you feel strongly about giving back to the community.”

The students participated in group round table discussions on selected leadership topics, such as what are the obstacles that leaders may face.  The lively discussions were followed by student presentations by representatives from each of the tables. Bob Hurlbut, long-time Cambridge Rotarian, praised the student speakers from each table for “delivering remarks that were eloquent and carefully calibrated and pitched to encourage the assembled students to stay on the path of living up to their promise in a very thoughtful and inspiring way.”

The highlight of the morning was the awarding of three scholarships of $2,000 each to three students who had been selected as best exemplifying the “Service Above Self” guiding principle of Rotary, as outlined in their previously submitted personal essays. Additional awards of $500 were also given to the three local nonprofits where the students had completed their public service.

The awards presentation was emceed by Rotarian Richard Nurse, who introduced each of the three scholarship awardees.  “The motto for Rotary Clubs is ‘Service above Self’,” said Nurse, “and the three winners of today’s Rotary Scholarships have won based on the essays they submitted that speak eloquently of their public service to local organizations.

The awardees are listed below along with the name of their school and the organization they provided service to:

Elena Serpas-

Cambridge Rindge & Latin: Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Ruchama Vincent – Community Charter School of Cambridge: Rosie’s place

Helena DeAlmeida- Prospect Hill Academy Charter School:  The Junior Journey Program for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

In her closing remarks, President Li urged the assembled students to consider joining a Rotary Club in the future, for opportunities to use their stellar leadership skills in helping others. “We can’t wait to see how you students here today become our leaders of tomorrow!”